The Sounders have concluded training at Starfire.
Most of the players chose not to speak to the media today, allowing captain Kasey Keller to speak for them.
Here was Keller’s overview on the state of the team, which needs to make up a three-goal deficit Wednesday when Real Salt Lake visits for the conclusion of their aggregate-score series.
“Obviously there’s a bit of dejection, but you’d expect that,” Keller said. “You’re not going to come in the first day and be all bright and lively. We had a little bit of a video session, which then highlights issues that we need to correct, which then brings maybe a few more people a little bit down. The funny thing about this league is with the parity, yeah, you can get beat three-nil, but then then the next game you can win three-nil. It’s not as if, ‘Wow, you just got beat by Man U three-nil and now you’ve got to go play them in the second leg.’ It’s not that kind of issue. We’re all extremely disappointed with the scoreline and the mountain we have to climb. But it’s definitely a climbable mountain as opposed to something that’s just insurmountable.”
Coach Sigi Schmid noted much the same.
“Obviously they don’t feel good about what happened on Saturday, so it’s pretty quiet,” he said. “Quiet is good—calm before the storm. So we’ll be ready.”